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11-08-2007, 05:15 PM
Maybe her parents should have called her Jenna Grievous, but...

Doctors Remove Girl's Extra Limbs (http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20071108/news_1n8india.html)

30-plus surgeons spend 24 hours operating in India


November 8, 2007

BANGALORE, India – Doctors in southern India completed a grueling 24-hour operation yesterday on a girl born with four arms and four legs that surgeons said will give the 2-year-old a chance at a normal life.

The surgery went “wonderfully well,” said Dr. Sharan Patil, who led a team of more than 30 surgeons in the marathon procedure to remove Lakshmi's extra limbs, salvage her organs and rebuild her pelvic area.

“This girl can now lead as good a life as anyone else,” Patil said from a hospital in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. But he said Lakshmi was not out of danger. “We are still not ready to celebrate as she will be in the critical zone for the next 48 to 72 hours,” the doctor said.
Lakshmi, who has been revered by some in her village as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess she was named for, was born joined at the pelvis to a “parasitic twin” that stopped developing in her mother's womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus.

“This is a very rare occurrence,” said Dr. Doug Miniati, a pediatric surgeon at the University of California San Francisco who was not involved in the surgery. Miniati said the surgery was extremely complicated but that the girl's chances of survival were greater because she was not joined at the heart or brain.

The doctors worked through the night to remove the extra limbs and organs. By midnight, a team of neurologists had separated the fused spines while orthopedic surgeons removed most of the “parasite,” carefully identifying which organs and internal structures belonged to the girl, Patil said.

Then the team began the difficult job of reconstructing Lakshmi's lower body.

The operation included transplanting a good kidney into Lakshmi from the twin. The team also used tissue from the twin to help rebuild the pelvic area, one of the most complicated parts of the surgery, Patil said.

“Beyond our expectations, the reconstruction worked wonderfully well,” Patil said.

However, Lakshmi will have to have further treatments and possible surgery for clubbed feet before she will be able to walk, he said.

11-08-2007, 05:15 PM
Yea, I actually stumbled upon this yesterday....couple of the pictures are something out of Greek Mythology.

11-09-2007, 07:42 AM
She's gonna win a TON of races when she gets older.

jedi master sal
11-09-2007, 11:32 AM
She's gonna win a TON of races when she gets older.

Not anymore. The extra limbs are gone.

11-09-2007, 11:50 AM
Not anymore. The extra limbs are gone.
I know, that's the only reason I'd make such a crass joke about her. :P

11-09-2007, 11:52 AM
She would have been great in a wheel-barrel race!

11-09-2007, 01:38 PM
I didn't see any pictures.:sad:

El Chuxter
11-09-2007, 02:20 PM
I would be p***ed if I grew up and found out I was born with four arms and four legs, but they were surgically removed. If I had eight limbs, and they all worked, I would totally be a supervillain!

11-09-2007, 02:21 PM
I didn't see any pictures.:sad:

There weren't as far as I found with the article. If they're someplace else on the web, they may be inappropriate to link to from this website. I couldn't guess without seeing them.

For those that don't know: there was going to be identical twins, but in an invasion of the body-snatchers act, this girl "absorbed" her sister in the womb, and wound up with all the extra limbs.

I don't know if she would have lived without the separation surgery. I believe she was 2 years old though, so she might have. However, things like learning to walk could become mighty difficult for her, and thus things had to be corrected.

Then again, we don't know if she could have grown up to adapt. She would have been an outcast nevertheless. I can't speak on anything to pertain to her coordination. I imagine if it were there, she would have been brilliant at the martial arts if she had conscious control over all her limbs. UFC winner indeed! But that might not help with her outcast status which would be painful by the time of adolescence. Then again, the co-joined twins I linked to in the video thread seemed to be doing great at 16. Still that must be hard too. But they definitely had guys interested in them who likely wanted to "try it." They were American. I believe this girl we're talking about in this thread is Indian. I forgot for the moment. Their culture would respond to abnormal sexuality issues differently, for sure though.

But Jenna Grievous definitely came to mind were this child to grow up and fight. We saw how 4 arms would work that way in the movie. I can barely picture how 4 legs would work. Grab-hold-and-kick for sure. However, she'd be even more efficient if she had eyes in the back of her head as well. We could breed children like this for military applications, you know.

El Chuxter
11-09-2007, 02:24 PM
Y'know, she might wonder (totally serious here) later in life why she was named after a 4-armed goddess.

The parasitic twin thing is far more common than you might think, though normally the other twin isn't nearly as well-developed as here. It's fairly common to find weird stuff in adults that points to it, like teeth growing in a random section of your guts.

11-09-2007, 02:40 PM
I guess then that there are a lot of things to be thankful for about the way you developed, even if you are dying from polycystic kidney disease.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
11-17-2007, 10:16 AM
Too bad, she could have combed her hair, brushed her teeth, and juggled chainsaws all at the same time if she kept them. Another real talent wasted.